You might wonder why it matters that our oak is sourced from western Europe – and we’re happy to share. The market for wood and wood products is particularly competitive. As tends to happen, heavy demand drives illegal practices; in this instance, illegal logging – which accounts for up to USD $152 billion annually.
At Forestry Timber, we are committed to using only legally-sourced wood, from sustainably managed forests and meeting strict environmental guidelines to make sure our product is the best it can be – for our customers, every employee and their families, and our beautiful planet. And we have maintained that commitment from the day we started this business, over 30 years ago.
The Top Layer of Your Floor
The top layer of engineered hardwood flooring is called a wear layer, or veneer. This is the top layer of wood you see on your floor. At Forestry Timber, we pride ourselves on producing flooring that has a beautiful, strong, well-protected veneer.
There are three types of veneers used for engineered hardwood flooring; the first of which is a peeled veneer. This is, essentially, where layers are peeled off the log, creating thin sheets of wood that then become the top layer of the floor. Peeling is an efficient method of creating a veneer and will often exhibit wide variations in the shape and direction of the grain.
The second method of creating a veneer is by slicing. A process used less often than peeling, logs are sliced along their length, resulting in a true depiction of the natural growth patterns and grain of the wood.